Redhawks win 15th straight gamePublished 7:15am Saturday, February 15, 2014
BENTON HARBOR — Lake Michigan College women broke two school records Friday, recording its 15th consecutive win along with a 13-0 start in the MCCAA Western Division.
The Lady Red Hawks beat Lansing Community College 75-65. The nation’s 11th-ranked NJCAA Division II team improved to 22-3 overall.
The Lady Red Hawks overcame a sluggish first half, taking a 36-29 lead while shooting 31.6 percent from the field. Sophomore Deyahnna Styles scored 10 of her 15 points, including three from behind the arch to pace Lake Michigan in the first half.
The touch was back for Lake Michigan, opening the second half with a 10-2 run and stretching the lead to 17 points. The Stars didn’t roll over, putting together a late 9-2 run, pulling within eight points. Styles, who missed four straight free throws early in the half, rebounded, making five of six to secure the Red Hawk victory.
“She’s a very emotional player,” explained LMC coach Jason Cooper. “She played almost the entire game and I knew she was tired, but she came through when it mattered.”
Cooper said Lansing plays hard and is one of the few teams that can match the Red Hawks quickness. “We were stronger inside and it freed up Kaitlyn Smith.” The 6-foot 1 center scored 11 of her 15 points in the second half. It was her fifth consecutive game in double digits.
Sabrina Trujillo led the Red Hawks with 17 points, 15 coming off 3-pointers.
“I couldn’t have done that without Dyahanna setting me up, “said Trujillo, with an ice pack on her knee, the result of a collision under the basket late in the game. “I’ll be alright.”
LaCorsica Metts added 14 points for the Red Hawks, scoring four buckets in the second half. LaTonya Shade led Lansing CC (14-9) with 21 points followed by Robyn Robinson with 18. Lake Michigan shot 42.9 percent from the field in the second half, keeping Lansing to 38.7.
Lake Michigan is off until next Saturday when they face 20th ranked Kalamazoo Valley CC (19-4) on the road. The Cougars’ only division loss came against Lake Michigan Jan. 22, 90-58. The game tips off a 1 p.m. in Kalamazoo.
By TOM O’NEILL
Special to Leader Publications